Yesterday I showed you how I used parts from several beds to raise up this foot board to make a bench.You can see that post here: Jenny Lind Bed Bench Since I only had the foot board, I didn’t have anything to use as sides to make armrests.
When I gathered my parts for this bench, I started looking for a way to mimic the bed so that I could make armrests.
I dismantled some crib parts.
I also looked for something to use for the front legs.
Here we have the finished bench. It looks okay, but I think it would look better with armrests.
I cut the crib parts to the the actual armrest, and found some random chair spindles to help support the armrest.
During this “dry fit” I use a clamp to hold the armrest in place.
The armrest needed a couple of holes drilled into it to hold the chair spindles.
Still dry fitting them to see if it’s all going to line up and work. Do ya see my new level? I won’t be stepping on this one and breaking it.
This is the cut off end of the chair spindle. I drilled a hole for that small dowel.
Because my dowel doesn’t fit quite snug enough, I used Gorilla Glue to secure it. This glue expands and will fill that hole nicely.
I drilled three holes in the seat, two for the chair spindles and one for the armrest. I used Gorilla Wood Glue for this step.
In order to get all the dowels in place I drilled this hole all the way through the back of the bed. (In this picture I’m testing the dowel to make sure it’s snug)
To clear things up:
- I glued the chair spindles (top) into the armrests.
- I glued the dowels into the seat.
- On the far right there is a third dowel connecting the armrest to the seat.
- After I got all of that glued and situated I inserted (from the back) a dowel into the top of the armrest.
- I used an extra dowel to hammer it in so that it was in place in the armrest. I used the Gorilla Wood Glue on all of these joints.
This bench is made up of 3 beds, 2 cribs and a chair.
Hopefully, tomorrow I’ll be able to show you the finished bench (painted).
You can see the finished bench in the post Final Installment of the Jenny Lind Headboard Bench
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.